BitDefender 9 Standard Fails to Update

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I'm using Bit Defender 9 Standard, Build 9.5, Engine 7.06655 on a computer
running Windows XP Home Edition.   I recently noticed I did not have virus
definition automatic updates enabled on BitDefender and, as a result, my
existing virus definitions were about two months old.  When I noticed this,
I immediately enabled automatic virus definition updates.  Now, it looks
like BitDefender checks for automatic definition updates every few seconds
while I'm online.  However, since I turned on automatic updates, BitDefender
has apparently not found any updates.  I'm somewhat concerned about this
since, as I said, it looks like the current virus definitions are a couple
of months old.   I find it hard to believe BitDefender has not come out with
any virus definition updates over that length of time.

I previously had Kaspersky on my computer but found the lengthy scan times
and high number of false positives Kaspersky generated to be annoying, thus
the switch to BitDefender.  I still have the most recent version of
Kaspersky I downloaded on my computer and am considering going back to it if
I can't get the problems with BitDefender resolved.  Any opinions from
others on how Kaspersky stacks up against BitDefender?  Finally, does anyone
have any experience with and/or opinions on freeware AV apps like AVG or the
freeware version of Avast?  Thanks in advance for any recommendations.

Re: BitDefender 9 Standard Fails to Update

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This surprises me. What are you referring to as false positives re Kaspersky?

Over the years, Kaspersky has been the cream of the crop.

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